Subaru display at 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon

Unlike most cities, Japan's capital city plays host to two major automotive exhibitions: the Tokyo Motor Show and the Tokyo Auto Salon. While these terms may be interchangeable when it comes to European expos, in Tokyo, they connote two different shows altogether. The first is the Motor Show, where new concepts and production models are unveiled by the world's automakers. The Auto Salon is more of a tuner expo along the lines of the SEMA show in Las Vegas. So after Subaru made its long-anticipated splash at the Tokyo Motor Show with its new BRZ, now it's heading to the Salon with some modified versions.

First up is a version of the BRZ Concept STI, packing some prototype carbon-fiber components, suspension upgrades, Brembo brakes and more. Subaru has also teamed up again with aftermarket tuner Prova (which shares its name with the traditional license plates carried by prototypes in italy) for a BRZ Black Edition. And you can bet there will be a handful or two of other tuners eager to show what they can do with the new rear-drive sports coupe, as well.

Subaru itself will also be showcasing an upgraded Impreza called the G4 STI with all manner of performance enhancements, and will, at long last, announce its return to a number of different motorsport disciplines. The Super GT300-spec BRZ, which we already know about, will be displayed alongside the Legacy-based racer it replaces. But there will also be a WRX STI that's slated to be fielded at the Nürburgring 24, and Subaru will also be announcing its return to professional rally competition, though not the World Rally Championship series it left years ago, it will contest the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Follow the jump for the full press release.
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Exhibition Outline of Tokyo Auto Salon 2012

Tokyo, December 27, 2011 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), together with Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI)*, announced its exhibition at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 with NAPAC (Japan Car Parts and Aftermarket Promotion Association), which will be held January 13th to 15th, 2012, at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture. On the theme of Subaru booth design "Proud of BOXER", it will showcase through Subaru's unique products the Subaru's efforts to integrate enjoyable and reliable driving provided by the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer Engine.
*: Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI; President Hiroyuki Karamatsu; located in Mitaka, Tokyo)


◆ SUBARU BRZ STI CONCEPT (display model)
Under its product concept that "everyone can experience the enjoyable driving", the SUBARU BRZ STI CONCEPT was developed to offer excellent handling performance based on "SUBARU BRZ", a rear-wheel drive sports car featuring the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine.
STI tuning and original parts, which include carbon-fiber engine hood and roof, not only achieved an extra weight reduction but also enhanced stable straight-driving and cornering performance. As a result, the car responds exactly to the driver's input.

Carbon Front Hood (Prototype)
STI Flexible Tower Bar (Prototype)
Carbon Roof (Prototype)
STI Low Down Spring (Prototype)
STI Front Under Spoiler (Prototype)
Brembo Brake & Rotor (Prototype)
STI Rear Trunk Spoiler (Prototype)
Bilstein Damper (Prototype)
STI Sport Muffler (Prototype)
STI 18-inch Aluminum Wheel (Prototype)

◆ SUBARU IMPREZA G4 STI CONCEPT (display model)
Based on the New Impreza G4 2.0i-S (Japanese specification model) which was introduced on November 30th, 2011, this concept car is blended with STI performance touch to emphasize Impreza sporting profile. By adopting special tuning in pursuit of STI's vehicle development theme "strength and nimbleness driving", the model offers excellent controllability and maneuverability to any driver who loves driving pleasure.

STI Front Under Spoiler
STI Sport Muffler (Prototype)
STI Side Under Spoiler (Prototype)
STI Flexible Tower Bar
STI Rear Trunk Spoiler (Prototype)
STI Low Down Spring (Prototype)
STI Skirt Lip
STI 18-inch Aluminum Wheel (Prototype)
STI Shift Knob - CVT (Prototype)
STI Stainless Steel Mesh Brake Hose (Prototype)

【Subaru booth design and program】
・Throughout the theme of its booth design "Proud of BOXER", the booth was designed in the image of race track. It supplies exciting and real physical effects such as the black-themed wall, the light effect and the sound effect of Subaru boxer engine in a race track, and also creates an image of enjoyable drive provided by the Subaru boxer.
・Talk shows with rally driver Toshihiro Arai and other race drivers who joined Super GT races and 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race will take place along with the exhibition.
・By using the USTREAM live streaming provider, events in the Subaru booth will be broadcasted live. (http://www.ustream.tv/user/SUBARU_Ustream)

【Motor Sport information】
・Other displayed racing cars: Legacy B4 GT300 (participated in the 2011 Super GT race); BRZ GT300 (scheduled participation in the 2012 Super GT race); Impreza WRX STI (scheduled participation in the 2012 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race); and Impreza WRX STI Group R4 specification model.
・Subaru will announce its entries of the Super GT races, Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) and 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race in 2012.

List of Exhibits
1 SUBARU BRZ STI CONCEPT
display model

2 SUBARU IMPREZA G4 STI CONCEPT
display model

3 SUBARU BRZ Black Edition by PROVA
display model

4 SUBARU IMPREZA SPORT CUSTOM
production model

5 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI
(scheduled participation in the 2012 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race)
display model

6 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI Group R4
display model

7 SUBARU LEGACY B4 GT300 (participated in the 2011 Super GT race)
display model

8 SUBARU BRZ GT300 (scheduled participation in the 2012 Super GT race)
display model

9 SUBARU BOXER plus Next generation D4-S Engine
technology exhibit